|how to make Caribbean bene balls|
This is a sweet candy treat called Bene Balls and you can get them in abundance on the island of Tobago. The main ingredient is toasted sesame seeds and they are made in different shapes. The ball shaped ones are bene balls, the ones shaped like slim cylinders are called Bene sticks and the other shaped like a rectangular are called bene cakes.
The word benne is of African origin. It means sesame seed. Benne balls in turn, count sesame seeds as their primary ingredient as is readily apparent in the photo above. Some combination of sugar and molasses or honey is also part of the mix.
2 cups sesame seeds 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp molasses
Put your frying pan on the stove and allow it to heat up. Set fire on medium low. Add the sesame seeds and allow them to toast. Stir constantly until golden brown and fragrant. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside.
Put a sauce pan on the stove, set fire to low. A 1/4 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar and allow the sugar to dissolve and get to a gel like consistency. Add molasses and stir. Turn off the stove
Transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a fry pan and put on the stove. Set the fire to low. Pout in the molasses and sugar mixture and stir. Transfer to a tray and allow to cool. Take about a tablespoon and formed into a ball. Repeat until all is used up.
Store in airtight containers.